Judge declares mistrial in Roger Clemens case
Former baseball star Roger Clemens, right, walks into a federal court in Washington on Wednesday with his lawyer Rusty Hardin.
July 14th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Judge declares mistrial in Roger Clemens case

A federal judge declared a mistrial in the perjury trial of ex-baseball all-star Roger Clemens on Thursday after jurors heard references to statements that the judge had ruled inadmissible except on rebuttal.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said prosecutors should have modified a video that showed Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, during a 2008 congressional hearing talking about a deposition from the wife of former New York Yankees player Andy Pettitte.

Clemens is accused of perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone. The former all-star pitcher testified under oath before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008 that he never used illegal performance-enhancing substances during his career.

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  1. RunForTheHills

    He's fat. He must be guilty.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    This whole thing is a waste of time and a joke anyway. Congressmen having "hearings, and trying to pretend they are investigators when all they are really interested in is getting their names in the papers. The courts should worry about something important.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beckieo

      Absolutely! Congress needs to do their jobs and leave the rest of us alone. They are Legislative, not Judicial. Seems like a throwback to the days of "Are You A Communist Sympathiser?"
      Quit wasting my money on this stupid stuff.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Rick, you're obviously unaware that Clemens wasn't subpoenaed. It was CLEMENS that demanded he get a hearing in front of Congress. If he did that and then lied, there should be consequences. I DON'T CARE about your opinion of Congress discussing the issue of PEDs in professional sports, because that's not what this is about. It's about LYING TO CONGRESS. Get it? Is it sinking in? If you don't already understand that, you're a lost cause. So step out of the conversation and make room for someone who actually gets it.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Agreed. Seriously, there's nothing else Washington could be working on right now?

      July 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Warren

    They just need to drop this senseless case. Doesn't our government have anything better to waste the prosecuting money on? Like perhaps our debt? What a waste of taxpayers money!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D

      The Courts need something to do.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OregonTom

    Why does our government care about a ball player on drugs? This is madness!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seriously?

    What does baseball have to do with the government anyhow? This should be handled by the MLB and the MLB only; should've never gotten to court.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D

      Major League Baseball is exempt from the anti-trust rules that apply to other businesses.

      Congress periodically threatens to change the legislation to close that loophole, and every time they do, they have hearings to look into why they should or shouldn't.
      ...Which is really just an opportunity for reps and senators to get their names in the news.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Relax. All that happens is they pick another jury and start over.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Not necessarily. If a mistrial results from actions of the prosecutors, it can block a second trial on double jeopardy grounds. I expect there will be a motion and a hearing about this.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Maybe. It's not a forgone conclusion.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CommonSense

    Seriously, why in the world is our (bankrupt) Govt spending a single minute on this BS? It was a waste of time/money to start with, as it continues to be...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan-O

    Good for him it should have never been taken this far in the first place.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Base Ball

    We have the juice ask the treasury – the prosecutors would probably go on just like they did to Blago. If Uncle Sam gave so much money to different countries especially Arab Nations how much more of this big fish they are dying to get.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dre

    We've already spent too much money on this situation anyways.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Perryboy

    Did anyone really really think "the rocket" was going to jail? I didn't!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Al Campanis

    Great, now they'll waste even more money starting over with a new trial.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trey

    He's not on trial for taking drugs. he is on trial for lying to the court. Dang doesn't anyone fricken read anymore

    July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      He is on trial for not being smart enough to plead the fifth.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leslie

    The arrogant pri-k got off the hook this time! I hope they decide to try him again and I hope he rots in prison!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Yes, because certainly all liars should be in jail!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TX-Ump

      Hey Leslie.....How do get off calling him an arrogant pri-k? Do you know Roger? I hardly think so! You shouldn't be wishing for someone you don't even know to go to prison. I doubt you're a baseball fan, much less know anything about the game. Leave Roger alone...He'll get over this and never see the light of day in a prison. Having been around him & personally watched him pitch since he was in high school, I've seen him work hard for everything he's done. He has a wonderful family and participates in everything his boys do. He is active around his community and has been good for baseball. I've never seen him acting arrogant to people, or disrespecting anyone in any way. Don't believe everything you see or read in the media. So, until you know someone...keep your vial comments about them to yourself...thank you. Way to go Rocket....see you in the Hall of Fame! God Speed!

      July 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Penone

    And this is they want to try terrorists in civilian courtrooms?!?!? I wonder how many mistrials there would be in those cases?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D

      First of all, a mistrial doesn't end the proceedings. The prosecution is free to start over.

      Secondly, given the number of people imprisoned in the United States, I don't think a lot of civilian criminal trials actually end this way.

      Finally, if the trier of fact has heard something that would deny the accused his right to a fair trial on the facts and the law, why SHOULDN'T there be a mistrial, regardless of the nature of the allegations?
      ...You'd actually think due process would be MORE important in terrorism cases, as most of the defendants will be on trial either for their lives or liable to lengthy terms of imprisonment plus deportation to the possibility of torture in their home countries.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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